Welcome to the Sign Language Interpreters Chapter website. Our members all hold national certification (ASL/English Interpreters or Certified Deaf Interpreters) and work under the auspices of the DOE's Office of Sign Language Interpreting Services based at 400 1st Ave. in Manhattan. Our members advocate for and promote cross-cultural communication while providing interpreting services and outreach to the DOE community.
Our goal is to ensure that Deaf families, pedagogues and administrators, and the hearing individuals with whom they come into contact have linguistic access to each other throughout the DOE academic experience. We provide Deaf parents with the opportunity to participate fully in their children's academic lives and for Deaf staff to communicate with their hearing colleagues and with parents who do not use Sign Language.
In addition to interpreting, our members provide:
- Screening of and mentoring for agency interpreters working in the classroom.
- American Sign Language evaluation of Deaf children in the system.
- Outreach to parent coordinators, principals, schools and other departments within the DOE.
By raising awareness of the DOE's mandate to provide sign language interpreters, as well as informing schools how to request services and work with the interpreting process, our members bridge communication between the DOE and its Deaf families and staff.
The UFT Sign Language Interpreter Chapter’s members are committed to and take pride in providing top quality interpreting services to the DOE community.